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Wrong flight?

A last check at the departures …

… and here are the planes ready to fly us to …

… or are these ones?

Hard to image a flight on those up there …

Now they are landing, leaving the airspace free …

… to the right one! Not all Swiss-flagged flights are Swiss. Patrouille Suisse made the air show!  Pictures shot at the 70 years celebration of Zurich Airport. Click to enlarge and see the pilot smile.

It smells like fish

Tsukiji is the largest fish and seafood market of the world, actually, it is one of the largest markets of the world of any kind. Located in Tokyo bay, it is organized in inner and outer markets: the first for buying, the second for eating. Either you manage being there at 4am for the tuna auction or before 11am to watch all-the-creatures-of-the-vast-ocean for sale, don’t miss it before it moves out of the city in 2018!

Nose-to-tail eating: with tuna fishes nothing goes to waste.

How many packages can you prepare with one 680 Kg tuna fish?

Death on the table … but life still crawling below it …

In the outer market, dry shrimps, fishy fishes and fish soups!

Click to zoom in. This photo series is part of the reportage Japan of mine





Street fusion

Old and new blend in the Middle-age squares of the city of Mantua (Italy). Click each picture to zoom in.



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Click each picture to zoom in and spy every detail of Zurich’s Advent.


Resistance is futile

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Winter will prevail! Trees of Zurich, November 2016. Click each picture to enlarge

Steam it up … hill!

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If you pass by Brienz (CH), do not miss the steam cog-wheel train up to the Brienzer Rothorn

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Spitting and coughing, the steam railway will bring you up just in front of the Bernese Alps

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Up there at 2,244 m.s.l., give a look down to the emerald green lake Brienz


Click on the panorama above to have the full view: a far away view until the Mythen on the left, the Brienzer Rothorn in the middle, Lake Brienz and Bernese Alps on the right.

Back in (Swiss) time

Everything’s ready for the opening of the world’s longest and deepest tunnel, the new Gotthard base rail tunnel.


Our train will speed up to 250 km/h for 57 km under the Gotthard massive: more than 2 km of rocks above our head!


Will this shiny coach from the Swiss railways be our wagon?


Or instead this Trans Europe Express, the most comfy train of the Sixties?


Maybe the 10 tons, 2000 HP largest electric-engine powered locomotive ever (from 1922)?


Or this C 5/6 2978 (1917 – 1967): it was the last steam locomotive running through the old Gotthard tunnel  … at 65 km/h.


That’s our boy: the  D 1/3 1 «Limmat», 179 HP – 1847, the fist locomotive operated by the Swiss railway company. All aboard!

Pictures shot in Erstfeld, at the opening ceremony of the Gotthard base tunnel. That day, several historical trains of the Swiss railways were available for public view.


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